I spent this morning in Chelmsford, Essex at Essex Record office listening to a talk about Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick. Born Frances Evelyn in 1861, Daisy Greville inherited her family's fortune aged three years old making her a British Socialite. Daisy had a house in Walthamstow as well as her main estate Easton logue. As a character the countess of Warwick was something of a vixen having countless extra Marital affairs including the then Prince of Wales. However after a heated exchange with Robert Blatchford in Fleet Street its said she went from "Socialite to Socialist" providing opportunities for education to people in poverty and pioneering free school meals which lives on.
The audience was filled with people who were directly effected by Daisy's philanthropy. One gentlemen explained Daisy gave his family £10 (a lot back then) which went towards sending his father on an apprenticeship which in turn lead to the gentlemen following in his father's footsteps as an Engineer. Although Daisy did great work in the community she also party hard and died penniless. It was said by one of her friend's about money "The spending of it we knew everything however the making we knew nothing." Below is a popular song sang in pubs and dance halls of the time about the Countess of Warwick.